NYC to christen `sludge boat’

January 22, 2009 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

New York City officials will christen the newest addition to the municipal harbor fleet on Thursday _ a 2,100-ton sludge boat named the Red Hook. They’ll use a bottle of water instead of champagne for the ceremony. The boat has a tank that can carry 1.2 million gallons of water sewage. It will make the rounds of the city’s 14 wastewater treatment plants, collecting sewage for further processing into dry fertilizer used in New York and other states. It has a crew of six. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla says it’s one of three sludge boats used by the city. It replaces the Owl Head, a craft that was retired in 2007 after 50 years of service.

Newsday

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